Diwali Celebration on Campus
KUASIA and KU International Student Community organized a Diwali celebration on campus on November 6, 2018. Diwali is the festival of lights, symbolizing the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Indian students informed us about the significance of this event celebrated all over India and by the 25 million Indian diasporas around the world during which Goddess Laxmi bestows the Hindu believers with prosperity and good fortune. We would like to thank Nergis Sefer for coordination and Dubb Restaurant for the delicious Indian food.
A Day of Bollywood
KUASIA Research Center in collaboration with MAVA Faculty celebrated “A Day of Bollywood” on the 26th of April, 2018.
The Consulate General of India Mr. Purnojyoti Mukherjee graced us with his presence. He attended the talk on the remakes of Bollywood movies abroad and visited the exhibition of Bollywood posters on campus.
The Day comprised of the following events:
- Guest Speaker on Remakes of Indian Films in Turkey, Ahmet Gurata
- MAVA Students’ Poster Exhibition
- Bollywood Movie Screening.
Chinese Language Day
Date: 27 March
Time: 3-5 pm
Venue: Winter Garden
On 27 March, Tuesday, we will get together at the Winter Garden between 3 and 5 pm to celebrate Chinese Language Day with Chinese music, Chinese food, and fun activities. This event takes place thanks to Ms. Mehtap Atalı Dağtekin (Mandarin instructor at KU), her talented students, our exchange students from China and Hong Kong, and Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office.
Contemporary Dance Performance
Four Dimension Spatial Dance Company – TORK Dance Art
For the 2018 Chinese New Year, highly-acclaimed dance group Spatial Dance Company from Macau, China will perform as part of the Koç University’s 25th Year Activities. The event took place at SGKM on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 19:30pm.
Pakistan Culture Day
Celebrating the ethnic diversity at Koç University, Pakistan Culture Day was held at Koç University Rumelifeneri campus on the 5th of December 2017. KUASIA collaborated with the Pakistan Student Association (PSA) and the Network of Asian Students at Koç University (NASK) in organizing this event, which familiarized the Koç students and faculty with the country’s affluent traditions. Authentic Pakistani cuisine, cooked by the students, was offered to the attendees, providing them a flavor of the popular dishes from the land of spices. These dishes included Chicken Biryani, Samosas, as well as sweet delights like Kher and Halwa, well complimented with the traditional tea.
The event also had live performances on traditional songs added to a live qawwali session, paying tribute one of South Asia’s greatest singer, the late legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The audience was also treated to Henna Art, applied by the immensely talented Pakistani students, which proved to be one of the highlights of the night. The Turkish students and faculty members were amazed witnessing the significance of henna in another culture, while experiencing unique South Asian designs being made from it.
Considering the high attendance, it can be concluded that the event made a significant positive impact in acquainting the global audience at Koç with culturally rich lifestyle of Pakistani people. KUASIA plans on conducting more such events in the future.